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Bemidji State University

Siri Anderson, Ed.D.

ED 3240 Social Studies Methods

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We want our Social Studies lessons to be....


  • an introduction to understanding why America became a destination
  • a look into the lives of people of the past
  • a comparison of yesterday and today
  • contributing factors that influenced characters development

So we will make sure to design curriculum that is...


  • from multiple viewpoints
  • looks at the hardships and triumphs of immigration
  • designed to explain major events that took place



Key changes...from Ashlie! (Would these changes be added to another page?)  Should I delete these or put them somewhere else?? Ashlie Yes, I think so -- and I think we need more in our lists above. Anyone have any other hopes and dreams for their Social Studies content?Siri


This section went through a lot of hardships and mentioned significant places in History


  • It started off in 1881 which was a common time for Slavacs to be coming over
  • Steamships provided more immigrants to make the journey in a faster time 
  • Landing in New York (that must have been very emotional) 
  • Lots of poor health and disease (between 1882-1917 laws came about regulating immigration with a focus on diseased beings not be given admittance) 
  • Railroad work was popular 
  • Steel mills became a focus 
  • Union strikes were apparent, and renegotiated (1892)
  • Better homes were amidst and libraries become about more places 
  • Homestead Strike/Homestead Battle  
  • First motorized cars were seen in this region 
  • Politics were a bigger focus
  • Innovations in mill machinery 
  • America went to war/Spanish-American war





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